Published: June 29th 2011July 15th 2010
Once again I have decided to pick up and leave for another new adventure! This is not my first time. Apparently turning my life upside down every 6-24 months is in my blood. My parents were gypsies who constantly moved me around as a child. Chasing their dream for the perfect job and their persistence was passed on to me. Growing up I learned to adjust to a new city, home, and school every 6 months to a year. The hardest part of my nomadic childhood was making new friends with the exception of my 4th move back to Iowa in the 2nd grade. Looking like Stephanie Tanner when “Full House” was in its prime had its perks! I would walk in a classroom and all of the kids would run up to me asking me for my autograph and then begging me to say "How Rude!" Instant popularity without even trying! Stupid kids.
After years of practice, I become the master of surviving in many different environments. Similar to Bear Gylls host of the show, “Man vs. the Wild,” except I refuse to eat zebra carcass. In 3rd grade alone I put on every identity a girl could to make friends. I pretended to be vampires and witches with Niki. I played ridiculous Barbie doll games with Brittany. I even made tree forts and searched for snakes and frogs with my brother's friends. Many people have asked me specifically how I learned to make friends and amazing contacts that have opened many doors for opportunities and jobs.
My answer to them is this.
1.) To meet new people I just get involved in EVERY extra curricular activity, sport, or hobby I physically can. Joining a diverse amount of clubs allows me to meet people from all ethnicities, backgrounds, and passions! All of this probably explains a lot to those I went to high school and college with! Witnessing 'Sophomore Steph' go from the student senate meetings, to dance practice, to boxing club practice, and then school radio station was probably an interesting site. I do not regret the lack of sleep or personal time for a moment. I met some of the most amazing friends in the process who have helped me get a job or found me a place to stay in a new city!
2.) I ask people 3-5 detailed questions, and then do my best to use my intuition and/or best judgment to learn more about them.
I will share my first and most important question with you,
Silly question numero uno- If you could chose to be any animal, what would you be OR if you were reincarnated as an animal what would you be?
*This tells me what type of animal you relate yourself to, or the personality characteristics you desire to possess that are similar to your chosen animal. Some people want to appear to be a tough lion, but after we continue on in an in-depth conversation I discover they are a loving lab. It's such a simple question but I can get a lot more out of you than you may be prepared for! (muaahhahah- evil laugh)
My FAVORITE ANSWERS SO FAR:
1. Tiger or "El Tigre"- beautiful, fierce, brave, stubborn, loyal, and likes to be in charge -Shauna
2. A Flying Phoenix- A mythical creature that can be re-born. So creative! - Mike
3. Mexican Parrot- “Mexican so we can enjoy Taco Tuesday… and a parrot so I can talk to you?!” -Zach (This is the line Zach gave me when he asked me out for a date on Taco Tuesday. Classic.)
*****NOW to learn a little more about me. The best way for me to explain myself is through interpretative dance. I mean metaphors.
Metaphor #1 of many- This is my answer to question number #1 (Just in case you have ADD or fell asleep reading this already I am talking about the animal question. Proceed to judge.).
*I think my friend Rob best summed it up when he said I was reincarnated from some species of hippie, free bird! I can only imagine it being a combination of some crazy species of birds that you see on the series, “Planet Earth.” It flies away with no migration plan, and has had to learn to adapt to some of the most extreme environments. It can survive in thick jungles, prairies or freezing snow. As it evolves, its feathers will allow it to fly or swim. This weird looking bird can also change colors so it will have the best camouflage possible to fit in all of these various environments. Flying from one place to the next can be very exhausting but its instincts force it to continue to migrate to new lands searching for undiscovered passions and moments that take its breath away. Pretty deep for a bird eh?
For many people moving your life, or even traveling, is extremely intimidating. You might be a frog that only knows the lakes in South Dakota. Or maybe you’re a snake that only feels safe hidden under a rock in Arizona. Regardless of what you are trust the instincts telling you to take a risk. Leave your lake or rock, so you can see the opportunities awaiting you out there in the big blue ocean! Whether your dreams are to travel or for a career you desire, you MUST overcome your fears and trust that you deserve to see what the world has to offer.
*In my blog I will tell you all about my crazy life as a free bird. I have learned a lot of knowledge through experience and networking; translation, through a lot of stupid mistakes and talking to a lot of strangers. I will also tell you how I achieved unique careers and traveled to countries that most people think only exist in National Geographic magazines. You may be surprised how I managed to keep flying past my obstacles, and how I continue to travel to destinations I have always dreamed of!
Come learn how I explore, travel, and live one mile at a time!
**** I will create a hyperlink to my questionnaire for you to fill out. Your answers will be appreciated and thoroughly entertaining!! With your approval, I may post any incredible answers to my blog for others to enjoy!
Thank you to all of you in my past and present for your love and support!
Chip! Chip! Cheerio!